Based on the real life tumultuous romantic relationship between early 1900s legendary filmmaker Mack Sennett and accidental starlet Mabel Normand, this will be the first Sydney professional production of Jerry Herman’s “Mack and Mabel”.
Both a poignant love story and a joyous celebration of Hollywood’s golden age, this dazzling musical comedy is told in flashback from the point of view of Mack, who admits to two obsessions: movies and Mabel Normand.
Mack is a struggling director in the early 20th century, when the fun of the silent screen was dominated by the hysterical chaos of The Keystone Cops and the glamour of the Bathing Beauties, a world where heroes wore capes, girls were tied to the railway tracks and it all ended with a pie in the face. Mabel is the girl from the deli who erupts onto the set with a sandwich delivery. Mack spots potential and Mabel becomes a star. Spanning the years from 1911 to 1938, the show charts their rise and fall, both professionally and romantically.
Awarded eight Tony Award nominations, the show features an outstanding score by Jerry Herman (Hello, Dolly!, La Cage aux Folles) including classic Broadway hits I Won’t Send Roses, Tap Your Troubles Away, Movies Were Movies, Look What Happened to Mabel, Wherever He Ain’t and Time Heals Everything.
Originated by Robert Preston and Bernadette Peters, the roles of Mack and Mabel in the Australian production will be played by Scott Irwin (Helpmann Award nominee for Hairspray, High Society) and rising star Angelique Cassimatis (Little Shop of Horrors, The Rocky Horror Show).
Directed by Trevor Ashley and presented by Working Management in association with Hayes Theatre Co, “Mack and Mabel” will be playing at Hayes Theatre Co, 19 Greenknowe Ave, Potts Point from 18 November 2016 for a strictly limited season.